Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Canadian Press does Eyeborg story

Story here.

Toronto filmmaker plans to use prosthetic eye camera for documentary

Big Brother is watching — and so is Little Brother.
Toronto filmmaker Rob Spence says he is getting a tiny video camera put inside a prosthetic eye to allow him to secretly film his subjects.

Spence says his goal is twofold: to raise awareness of constant surveillance in society and to get people talking unself-consciously.

Friday, December 12, 2008

George Orwell's old house surrounded by CCTV cameras!

This is so ironic its tiresome almost. I guess that's one of the problems I have selling the idea for this documentary. Even my reaction is a bit ho-hum, for God's sakes we have heard it all before. Yes, yes, we are turning into a Big Brother society. But, like, we are.

Story is here.

In case you aren't familiar with my other posts one of the main points of my film, Eye 4 an Eye (previous post about that here) is to examine how we are sleepwalking into an over-monitored Orwellian society. Am I a part of the problem or part of the solution if I get a camera-eye? Perhaps if I get you thinking about it more its the latter.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Cuz sent me an eye-tune -Oh Montreal

This fresh in my from my Cuz (Cuz=cousin) - who is now the official tune supplier for He will supply appropriately eye-ish/cyborg-y songs that are good listening. Hey, trust me, Cuz knows his tunes. His eye-dentity I am afraid must remain secret for now.

So anyways, this just in from Cuz....

Cuz: "I'm deeming this the best track of the year. It is a long one, but soooo addictive, and no they are not from's an almost full version."

The lyrics mention "story of the eye". Sounds deep....
According to the lyrics, his wife and daughter had just left him. Ouch.

Thursday, December 4, 2008 does story on Eyeborg

Bionic Eyes and Restoring Vision

A lot of people ask me if I am going to restore vision with my Bionic Eye. The answer is no, not right now but maybe later.

I am not restoring vision, I'm just modifying my prosthetic eye into a video camera with the same capabilities as a modern cell phone. I can stream the footage, save it to a hard-drive, or put it in my documentary film called Eye 4 an Eye.

Having one eye is almost as good as having two. Its not really that different except my squash game is a little off and you really have to check your blind spot carefully when you are changing lanes in traffic. I don't really need to restore any vision in my right eye....socket.

Here is a woman who lost vision completely and is getting sight restored. Its only rudimentary but its getting there.

Linda Moorfoot explains what its like:

"When I go to the grandkids' hockey game or soccer game I can see which direction the game is moving in. I can shoot baskets with my grandson, and I can see my granddaughter dancing across the stage. It's wonderful."

Check out an article about Linda and HER bionic eye here.

She uses a camera that is mounted to glasses. For many people who are blind, they have lost their eyes and need prosthetics for aeshetic reasons. What Steve Mann and I are working on could have applications for these people. And stay tuned for how Steve will help me watch 3D movies again with his cross eye-tap technology.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Ancient Evil!

Neato. A 4800 year old prosthetic eye.

The 4,800-year-old artificial eye was recently found by archaeologists working at the Burnt City historical site in southeastern Iran, according to a report published by the Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies, a London-based research and educational program.